At the end of the summer, I started doing Pilates at my local fitness center. I started doing one-on-one sessions to learn the technique. As I continued to become more accustomed to doing it, I started taking a 1-hour weekly class at 6:00am. With classes, a family, and working full-time, this is the only time I am available. I enjoy every class; it’s a small class with 5 of us, mostly female. We have an awesome instructor. She is patient and is not a drill sergeant. Even though my classmates have been doing Pilates for years, I am still able to keep up. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Pilates, many of the exercises are done using a reformer. As my instructor reminds me, some movements are harder, and I will get better with practice and time.
There are few benefits that I’ve noticed since taking Pilates:
1. Increased flexibility. I am becoming more flexible each time I perform the exercises. Some of the exercises are challenging, but the majority of them are easy to perform.
2. Improving your core. Pilates is great for working your abdominal muscles and building a strong back. Previously, it was one of my problem areas.
3. Great alternative to yoga. If you’re not a fan of yoga, Pilates is a fun alternative. Please feel free to revisit my post on yoga.
4. Pain relief. When I started doing Pilates, I was experiencing pain in the back of my left knee. It’s been about 3 months since I’ve had any pain in that area. Also, a classmate told me that it’s helped alleviate her arthritis pain in her hips and lower back.
5. Improved performance and injury prevention. In 1912, Joseph Herbertus Pilates perfected the Pilates workout system. As a child in Germany, her suffered from asthma and other ailments. He turned to exercise as a means of treatment. During the influenza outbreak in England that same year, his trainees survived while thousands succumbed to the illness.
About one year ago, my legs and feet ached from standing long periods of time at work. I also used to suffer from plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I have not had any flare ups recently. The condition is very common. Tim Hardaway, Jr. of the New York Knicks also suffers from the same ailment.
My younger coworkers notice my increase in vibrancy since starting Pilates. A few of my classmates are older than me, and they are very active. It is definitely an activity that I recommend. It can build strength; thus, it will prevent problems later on as the body ages.
Some of my readers out there may remember when I started my fitness journey in 2015. When I wrote My Fitness Journey, Part 2, I learned about “wheat belly” and made the appropriate changes at the beginning of 2018. Now, we’re at the start of summer, even though for a week sometimes, we don’t see the sun where I live.
When I was laid off from my job in November, I discontinued my gym membership and focused on diet. I also started walking for 30 minutes if it was a sunny day. In April, my husband and I went on a 21-day Daniel fast for weight loss and overall health. My husband suffers from diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. I have high blood pressure. We also did a 3-day detox. My weight dropped, and I felt better overall.
This past Wednesday, I met with a trainer to see the progress that I made. When I started this “journey” I weighed 144lbs. Presently, I weigh 130.5 lbs. with 28.7 percent body, and 50.7 muscle mass. My percent body fat is in a normal range; however, if it goes down to 22 percent, I won’t need the high blood pressure medication. My muscle mass should be half of my body weight, which would be 65. My trainer was happy with my diet. I don’t eat meat everyday, mostly fresh vegetables. Okra is a staple for me. When I do eat meat, it’s chicken, fish, or steak.
I am trying out a group exercise class that meets 3 times a week. So far, I believe that it will help me reach my goals. We perform exercises that work the core, arms, and legs. I can be assured that I will be doing the exercises properly. When you’re on your own, you may tend to “slack off’”. The goal is the build muscle and reduce body fat to treat high blood pressure. I have to continue to insure that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels stay within a healthy range. At one time, it was a struggle. However, making lifestyle changes improved my health. I will get another reassessment in 4 to 8 weeks.
Many people see yoga as a way to relax or as a form of exercise; they may take a class or do it solo in the mountains. They can practice yoga in their home watching a video. If you enjoy cardiovascular workouts, exercises that allow you to lose body fat, yoga is not for you. Yoga has become increasing popular in the past 5 years. Many gyms have an entire studio devoted to yoga. There are some fantastic photos on Instagram of various yoga poses. In addition to yoga, meditation is also a way that people relieve stress. But what purpose does yoga and meditation really serve?
The goddess pose in yoga or utkata konosana from the Sanskrit, meaning “wild, frightening, above the usual, intense, gigantic, furious, or heavy” and “posture” or “seat”. There are other poses such as the sun salutation and moon salutation. Sun salutations are said to allow for the opportunity to “give gratitude to the sun for its life giving light”. Sun worship goes back to ancient Babylon with Nimrod and the construction of the Tower of Babel. The idea was to set up false religions in which people would worship on “Sun-day” or sun worship. Many people believe that the sabbath day is Sunday, but it is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.
‘The Kundalini spirit is part of yoga; however, many participants do not realize it. The illusion is that it can offer peace, healing, visions, and dreams. It is a spirit, indeed, but is it a demonic one. It is a supernatural force that can overtake you. Many eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, practice yoga and meditation. In Hinduism, they worship many gods, teaching about a higher level of consciousness and your third eye. The third eye is the gate to your higher power.
Many New Age religions such as these teach that you can become a god or be godlike. However, many people that are part of Christianity practice yoga. Does that mean that they have a kundalini spirit? Yoga, in fact, does not mesh with the Most High God. Demonic spirtuality is not the same as the Holy Spirit. When you practice yoga, you’re allowing evil spirits or demons to take over your body. You’re also inviting them into your home and every aspect of your life. When you mediate or channel energy, you do it in order to gain something, like power. Demons can use this energy to travel from person to person, place to place, or even into objects. When you’re performing certain yoga poses, you are aligning yourself with certain deities. This will become very dangerous in the long run.
In conclusion, yoga is a New Age deception. One believes that they are gaining peace and healing when in reality, they are channeling dark forces. If you’re looking for healing, there are other alternatives such as herbal remedies. Before you sign up for a yoga class please consider the after effects.
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More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability Autism in children has increased 119.4 percent since 2000. Adults with autism were diagnosed as children. The common symptoms of autism are speech delay, lack of interest in playing with toys or “pretend play”, limited social skills, atypical behaviors (i.e. tapping on walls), and repetitive behaviors, such as arm flapping. In addition, sensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, and/or touch, becoming upset or “shutting down” if change in routine, not making eye contact, often repeating words and phases, and being unaware of boundaries and “space” of others.
Herbal Supplements That Alleviate Autism Symptoms
- Activated charcoal
This substance can adsorb poisons within the body such as lead and mercury. It also works to adsorb excess gas and bacteria from the intestines. It is a common belief that autism is caused by heavy metal toxicity.
Many people use this herb in many culinary dishes such as pasta and meatballs or pesto. It also detoxes heavy metals from the body by adsorption.
Garlic is also popular in the culinary world. It works to boast immunity from certain ailments like colds and other respiratory disorders. It also treats digestive problems. The only downside for some is the odor.
- Grapefruit seed extract
This rids the body of yeast overgrowth in the intestines and the mouth. Candida can cause many health problems if ignored.
- Milk thistle
This herbal supplement detoxes the liver. The liver works to detoxify the entire body. There is link to liver health and detoxification of the blood.
- Gotu kola leaf
This supplement enhances memory and intellectual functioning. It also works to increase blood circulation within the body.
Ginkgo leaf or ginkgo biloba can treat a variety of brain, circulatory, and nerve conditions by increasing blood flow to the brain. Proper blood flow to the brain can ensure an adequate amount of oxygen in the brain. This would lead to improved cognitive abilities resulting in improved behaviors.
This herb also improves cognitive function and memory. It is more effective when taken with other herbal supplements. It also boosts energy and promotes relaxation.
- Methyl Sulfonyl Methane
Also known as MSM, this supplement improve joint health, increases immunity, and decreases inflammation. It also works to combat leaky gut syndrome.
- Oregon grape
It is used as a remedy for various skin conditions. It also works as a laxative and antibiotic by clearing liver congestion and regulating the flow of bile.
There are other natural remedies that can work to heal autism. Autism is treatable with the appropriate therapies. One may receive results quickly; however, others will need to be tenacious until they results. The autism spectrum is broad.
Every spring, we see dandelions growing in our yards and in the fields. Many of us treat our yards with weed killer to get rid of them. If you learned that dandelions have health benefits, would you see reconsider killing them?
I was shopping at my local Wegman’s, and I bought some dandelion greens. I buy them by the bunch. When I got to the checkout line, the cashier asked me what I used it for. It’s not a popular item, like kale or spinach. After telling her that I use it when I juice, she understood. She mentioned that customers use it to make smoothies or even for their pets. (Keep reading to find out how).
There are many benefits of dandelion; you can use the root, the flower, or the greens. As I mentioned, I juice the greens along with pineapple, green apple, and flax seed meal. You can also drink dandelion tea, cold or hot.
- Weight loss. Dandelion is a diuretic, which means that it rids the body of excess water which helps with weight loss.
- Inflammation. Dandelion greens treat muscle aches and joint pain.
- Relieves constipation and increases bowel movements. Because I use it as part of my juicing regimen, it keeps me “regular”.
- Diabetes. Dandelion fights both Type I and Type II diabetes by removing excess sugar from the body.
- Reduces high cholesterol. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are typically diagnosed together.
- High blood pressure. Since dandelion works as a diuretic, it can help lower blood pressure without the unwanted side effects of a prescription drug.
- Cancer fighter. Boil the dried yellow flowers in water and drink the liquid. Dandelion purifies the blood and detoxes the liver. Many of those cancer drugs, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can be extremely toxic to the body. (Why do most cancer patients lose their hair?). Dandelions are high in vitamin K. It’s been proven to work for “drug- resistant forms of cancer”.
- Kidney failure. Dandelion root strengthens the kidneys.
- Eye and skin health. Dandelion greens contain over 100 percent of vitamin A to improve vision and fight skin infections.
- Chronic indigestion and excess gas. Dandelion works great for dogs that suffer from digestion issues.
Remember, as we approach Spring, please pick the dandelions in your yard or wherever you can find them. Our Power put herbs on the earth to heal us (Jubilees 10:12). Shalom!
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Whether it’s ketchup or catsup, it’s a favorite condiment of many Americans. However, it can contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and natural flavoring. Natural flavoring sounds innocent enough, but at the same time, it’s very deceptive. When people see natural, they automatically think that it’s healthy, not artificial. The best option is if you see “natural flavoring” listed as an ingredient, call the company to find out the specific ingredients.
My family loves Trader Joe’s Organic Ketchup. It tastes like fresh tomatoes. It contains organic tomato purée, organic sugar, organic white vinegar, salt, organic onion powder, and organic spices. Very simple. All ingredients that you can pronounce. If you cannot pronounce it, don’t buy it.
If you wanted to take a different route, you can always make your own ketchup. You can make it to your preferred taste with organic, non-GMO ingredients. Wellness Mama has many great recipes from ketchup to homemade hand soap.
I enjoy making a variety of items from scratch like hand soap and even almond milk. My homemade almond milk tasted richer than the organic milk from the supermarket. It was very easy to make. (Add almond butter to warm water in a blender). If you’re not already doing it, I encourage you to start making some of your own food, household items, and home remedies. The food today is tainted with GMOs, pesticides, and other poisons. There doesn’t have to be a food shortage in order for there to be a famine (Matt. 24:7)
I have been dealing with thyroid nodules for the last 8 years. Two Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists advised me that I did not need surgery; one recommended that I needed it. Until last year, they did not irritate me. I almost opted to have surgery last year; however, a few weeks before I was scheduled to have surgery, I was told that my insurance would not cover all expenses. Was that a coincidence? No, not at all!
Doctors make surgery sound so simple. They would remove my entire thyroid, and I would have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I wasn’t comfortable with that. I was introduced to an herbalist that instructed me on my thyroid nodules. Basically, nodules form because the blood needs to be detoxed. You detox the blood and the liver with a healthy diet and herbal supplements. I took the recommended herbal supplements and ate a vegan diet for a month. (By vegan, I didn’t eat any meat, dairy, pasta, bread, or sweets). My nodules began to reduce in size.
I didn’t continue the vegan lifestyle, but I continued taking the supplements. I’ve always been a coffee lover, whether it’s plain coffee, cappuccino, or iced coffee. I wasn’t an alcohol drinker, but in the last few months, I begin indulging in red wine, about 2-3 glasses per week. I noticed that my nodules were beginning to grow and become irritating again. After discussing with my herbalist, he said that coffee and wine increases thyroid nodules.
I stopped drinking both immediately. Alcohol, coffee, and black tea are highly acidic. You hear conflicting reports about coffee; some articles say that it can have positive effects on your health and some say to avoid it. Wine is good for the heart, but you need to drink a good-quality wine to get the benefits.
I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that I do not eat pork, shrimp, crab, and lobster for religious reasons. Although beef, chicken, turkey, and certain fish (not shark or catfish) are acceptable to eat, I will most likely return to the vegan lifestyle. Meat is very acidic, and it is very important to keep your body alkaline. I would prefer being a vegan over having surgery and taking medication for life.
When I had my annual physical this past January, my doctor was very impressed with my blood work results. My thyroid functions were normal along with my cholesterol and blood sugar levels. My issues with pre-diabetes and high cholesterol were no longer a concern for me.
In October 2016, I started taking herbal supplements. My family and I were introduced to an herbalist from Washington state. He gave us advice about our current medical conditions and herbal remedies.
Over that next month, I didn’t eat any meat. I had stopped eating pork one month before. (See my post 5 Reasons That I Stopped Eating Pork). Shellfish was no longer a part of my diet, either. This includes shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, clams, squid, and scallops. Having lived in Maryland for the past 11 years, crabs were always available, expensive sometimes, but available. With the exception of fish with fins and scales, everything else that lives in the water is unclean ( Leviticus 11:9-11). Many of us believe that it’s a delicacy because it tastes delicious. However, we don’t associate it with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Shellfish are typically bottom-dwellers that eat and carry bacteria. Think about that the next time you have shrimp cocktail or a crab cake.
In addition to not eating meat for one month, I did not eat dairy or bread. My weight has not changed, but I have lost body fat. When I saw my personal trainer 2 weeks ago, my body fat was 30 percent. Last year, it was 32 percent, so I have made progress. Under 30 percent body fat is ideal.
In conclusion, you can treat many common illnesses with a proper diet and herbs. The body can basically heal itself if it’s properly cared for. Many herbs have healing properties (Jubilees 10:12), so don’t need to go see the pharmacist. Once you start taking prescription medications, you may have to take them for the rest of your life. It is better to treat the illness now with what the earth has to offer.
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